Information for chairs
BERA would like to thank all chairs for their most valuable contribution to the conference.
Please make yourself familiar with the session you are supposed to chair.
All meeting rooms will have a data projector, PC (PowerPoint facilities), sound and internet. There will be details at the front of the room with how to contact a technician if there are any technical problems.
At the beginning of the session check that all presenters have arrived. A short introduction of the presenter and institution can be announced at the beginning of each paper. For each paper questions and discussion should take place immediately after each presentation.
Keep to time and please be firm when reminding speakers to stop. Thank the presenters at the end and encourage those who wish to engage the speakers in lengthy discussion to do so over coffee. Please make any housekeeping announcements if requested and remind people of the next events on the programme.
If unfortunately some presenters fail to turn up to the session, please agree with the audience and other speakers how the extra time should be used (it may involve an earlier finish, a break, or allowing longer for each speaker). Try to ensure that each speaker is given the same amount of time for the presentation and discussion of their paper.